Intentional Living

A Year of Change

Well here we are the 15th of January and I haven’t had any big revelations as far as how I want this new year to go. I have actually given myself grace and time to ease into this new year and rest. I’ve never really liked January. It always seemed to be the longest, darkest, coldest, grayest month of the year. But now I can actually see some beauty in this slow month. It’s a month to slow down, rest, recuperate, reflect, recharge, and refocus.

More time to relax

After a week of rest and really not doing much of anything except the essentials (putting away Christmas, laundry & grocery shopping), I knew I wanted/needed to reflect on this past year, 2020. Of course, we all know it was nothing like any of us expected. Not one bit. But I couldn’t just forget this year existed. It was a tough year for so many and one I am sure they wish they could forget. My heart goes out to all those who have suffered due to Covid or have lost someone close to them. Thankfully we did not experience any of that.

What we did experience were home haircuts for Darryl (ongoing), mask wearing, moving to the lake full time, eating out a lot less, cooking a lot more, virtual mass, re-establishing my business to a new location, a new granddaughter, record rain in our area with three major dock floods, our family Disney trip cancelled, Zoom visits with the kids for two of the major holidays and my 40th high school reunion cancelled, just to name of few. Needless to say, life as we knew it had changed.

As I reread my post from January 2020, it was full of promise and anticipation. My “word” was FOCUS. But the final thought was that I wanted to just live my best life each day. It really was as simple as that. Twenty twenty turned out to be a year of refocus, forcing me to focus on different things sooner than I was initially planning.

A day on the lake feels like things are almost “normal”

So here we are in that hopeful anticipated year of 2021. This is the year I turn (gulp) 59….walking in my 60th year! I want to approach this year with more intention and attention on my health and well being leading up to that big day. But it is also a year of pivoting. My Details by Denise workroom changed it’s physical location last year, moving from Northern Virginia to Smith Mountain Lake. It means reestablishing a client base and presence at the lake. This has allowed me time to to fine tune my craft as well as learn new skills and services to offer by taking more online classes and training. I’m also excited to dabble a bit more into light upholstery and window treatments.

I think most of all, I have learned to not put too much stock in my expectations for the year. It’s good to have goals but to also be flexible and ready to readjust and pivot as circumstances arise. So, 2021, I will be easy on you.